Early Learning News

Ohio Department of Education Topic News


Early Childhood Budget Revisions Due May 1

Programs should be reminded that all budget revisions are due by May 1. A budget revision is necessary if any cost to a given category increases or decreases by 10 percent or more after the budget has been approved. 


Register Now! 2nd Early Childhood Mental Health Conference- April 23-25th

The 2nd Early Childhood Mental Health Conference will be held April 23-25 at the Hilton-Polaris. 


Dublin City Schools shares a story of Wonder

The Ohio Department of Education joined thousands of Ohio students last fall to celebrate R.J. Palacio’s Wonder and the release of the theatrical adaptation of her best-selling novel.


Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Updates for 2017 Administration

Key Dates

Fall 2017 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

June-Oct. - State support team and district KRA trainers provide KRA teacher training to new kindergarten teachers
July 7 - Deadline to update Assessment Data Manager – Preschool and Kindergarten role in the Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS)
July 7-16 - The Ready for Kindergarten (KReady) online system ( will be unavailable for server and system maintenance
July 17 - KReady online system opens for KRA administration for select districts that begin school before August 14.
Aug. 1 - KReady online system opens for KRA and Kindergarten Field Test 2017 administration


Step Up To Quality Guidance

StepUp_Tagline_5stars.pngStep Up To Quality (SUTQ) is Ohio's quality rating system for child care programs. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) use a comprehensive, one- to five-star rating system to assess ODJFS- and ODE-licensed early childhood programs that choose to exceed minimum health and safety standards. Starting in 2020, all child care programs that receive state funding will be required to participate in Step Up To Quality. Ratings are posted online, and parents can use them to choose the program that is best for their child. 

Highly rated programs require continuing education for teachers and staff, use child assessments to guide learning and development, and take additonal steps to help prepare children for kindergarten. In return, they receive additional funding and free marketing materials to help spread the news about their SUTQ rating and attract new customers.

This guide is designed for child care providers working to achieve star ratings. This includes: 

  • Child care programs registering for SUTQ for the first time
  • Child care programs that already have at least one SUTQ star
  • County agencies 

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